If you have cowhide rugs or other animal skin rugs, you’ll find these DO’s & DON’ts for cleaning leather rugs helpful! Plus tips for using rugs as wall art.
maintenance and upkeep
Dream of living in a log home? There are lots of reasons that old log homes can be a joy to live in, but they can also be the source of frustration and headaches. Here are the pros and cons of living in an old log home.
Do you really have to remove snow from the roof of your log home? Do some roofs fare better with the snow than others? For example: metal roofs vs shingle roofs. Here’s what you need to know about roof snow removal for your log home.
Yes, log homes are actually safer against fires than traditional stick-frame homes. See why…
Dustless floor refinishing is a low-cost alternative to refinishing your hardwood floors. Here are the pros and cons of dustless floor refinishing for hardwood floors…
Here are some tips for staying organized and saving time when your log cabin is your home away from home.
It’s hard for me NOT to re-subscribe to the 3 log home magazines I’ve been subscribing to. I mean, we got so much great info from them during that first year of the subscription. But now, we’re craving more than these magazines seem willing to provide. If you’re contemplating resubscribing to a log home magazine, I’m here to tell you, you may want to check out This Old House magazine instead. Especially if you’re already living in your log home… chances are, the log home magazines won’t have much to offer you at all.
Take it from us… prior to building a log home, it would be wise to have your contractor survey your lot ahead of time and remove any trees that could compromise your log home site. Several trees fell a little too close to our log home, and we were inches away from serious log home damage.
How often you need to stain your log home will depend on the color of stain you choose and how well you did the log staining prep work mentioned here. Lighter stains will need to be reapplied every 2-3 years. Darker stains can last 4-5 years. Here are more log home maintenance tips and things to watch for.
Your log home is built, the weather is right, and now it’s time for the exterior of your log home to be stained. For the record, they say that the best time to stain a log home is when the logs have a moisture content less than 19%. Here are the 4 necessary steps prior to staining a log home.
Before we could close on our construction loan with the bank, we had to submit proof of ‘builder’s risk insurance’ to the loan officer. We THOUGH there would be a simple builder’s risk type of policy from the insurance companies that would cover things like ‘theft of materials’, ‘new construction theft’, and ‘dwelling under construction. What we found was most insurance companies wanted you to buy a complete homeowner’s policy with them instead.
If you have a composite deck or patio… over time, scratches are practically inevitable. For the most part, ‘routine’ scratches won’t even be noticeable, but it’s the deeper scratches that you’ll probably want to cover up.
Blemishes and nail holes in wood trim and log walls are two things that most log home owners are going to want to ‘hide’ at some point — especially if you’re trying to sell your log cabin or log home.
I would venture to guess that those who buy (or build) log homes are typically people who have a greater appreciation for — and involvement with — the outdoors. There’s just something about a rustic cabin-type abode that appeals to outdoorsy people. But did you ever stop to think that Mother Nature is both a log home owner’s friend… and enemy?